The plural of compound nouns
Un va-et-vient a back-and-forth (movement) → des va-et-vient back-and-forth (movements)
Un qu’en-dira-t-on a piece of gossip → des qu’en-dira-t-on pieces of gossip (pronouns + verb: no agreement)
Un cerf-volant a kite → des cerfs-volants kites (noun + adjective)
Un court-métrage a short film → des courts-métrages short films (adjective + noun)
Un abat-jour a lamp-shade → des abat-jour lamp-shades (standard spelling), des abat-jours (alternative spelling)
• The term demi (half) is also invariable when used in composite nouns (a word created using multiple words).
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